Jaguar F-PACE takes World Car of the Year crown for 2017

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The victory was announced during a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum.

Jaguar launched the F-Pace SUV in India a year ago with two engine options and four trim options overall.

Other finalists for the prestigious top prize this year was the Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan, other SUVs, indicating how the vehicle market is changing, with more demand for SUVs.

- Picture courtesy of Jaguar/TODAYNEW YORK, April 13 - On the eve of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Jaguar's first-ever SUV, the F-Pace, has been named the 2017 World Car of the Year.

Taking home the 2017 World Luxury Car of the Year title is the new generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which turned out to be more popular than two of its main rivals: the BMW 5-Series and the Volvo S90/V90. The Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman has won World Performance Car of the Year, meaning it beat the Audi R8 Spyder and McLaren 570S to the prize.

It headed an impressive list of competitors for the overall award after the votes were compiled from 75 influential motoring journalists from 24 countries.

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On that last note, Dr Speth confirmed that the F-Pace has become the company's fastest selling vehicle.

Nabbing the coveted award wasn't the Jaguar F-Pace's only achievement, as it was also crowned the 2017 World Car Design of the Year victor, where it had to battle with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and the Toyota C-HR.

"The F-PACE was designed and engineered as a performance SUV with exceptional dynamics, everyday usability and bold design", said Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO.

The new World Car of the Year has contributed to record sales growth by attracting new customers to the brand. There were doubts regarding the durability and power of the Jaguar SUV. The lowest version of the Jaguar F-Pace starts at the price of $42,065. The business invested £120m in its Solihull facility to build the F-PACE, part of a total £2bn investment in the plant and awarded £5bn of United Kingdom supplier contracts to support its production.

In 2016, 122,460 F-Paces were sold. Engine options for the F-PACE range from the efficient and innovative four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, to the high-performance 374.8 hp supercharged V6 petrol model that can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 5.5 seconds.

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